BlackRock Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good place to start your career

    Cons

    rewards is less recognized. Gets too big.

    Advice to Management

    Not every manager is fit to be a manager. Pick managers wisely.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You will be rewarded for all the hard work you put in

    Cons

    Nothing that stands out which is not seen at most of other companies


  3. Helpful (1)

    if you absolutely have to...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    a lot of smart people; somewhat interesting and challenging projects

    Cons

    a culture of constant re-org (every 3-4 months in my experience); very political; flat salaries year over year combined with a sizable annual bonus to retain people


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Learned a lot, too many political barriers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - incredibly smart colleagues, many of which are excellent at what they do - firm provides a lot of resources to help train employees - large firm = opportunities to move around

    Cons

    - political game needs to be sharp in order to advance - company has turned into a traditional wall-street behemoth and is functioning like a government agency. slow with decision making and not nimble - employees in other offices other than NYC have a disadvantage of not being "seen"


  6. Solid place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Pros

    Good mobility, both upward and horizontally

    Cons

    Tons of bureaucracy since it has become a huge firm


  7. Helpful (1)

    Stable Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock

    Pros

    The firm is filled with lots of hard-working, ambitious and intelligent employees. The colleagues that I worked with were wonderful to be with, which made working a whole lot more pleasant.

    Cons

    Like all large corporations, it behooves you to learn to manage up and navigate the political waters. There is definitely a lot of bureaucracy which can be very frustrating.


  8. Great opportunities at forefront of investment management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, a fantastic place to start a career in investment management. Good salary, benefits and bonus potential.

    Cons

    There can be lots of red tape at times.


  9. Incredible story of global brand growth, yet regulatory pressure abounds

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BlackRock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Consistent client-first fiduciary culture. Flat management style, employees expected to cross over and connect dots, lots of skip-level interaction. Average age within firm is still young and young people can shine Sr Mgt sponsors innovation labs, "hackathons" and mobility. Not a political place, relative other financials. Compensation is a discount to other FS, but less volatile.

    Cons

    Negative regulatory climate forcing new bureaucracy. Legal and Operations depts strain to keep up with new demands from every country, often duplicative. Technology can't automate manual processes fast enough. Technology foundation starting to show its age. Compensation is a discount to other FS, but less volatile.

    Advice to Management

    The brand name is stellar. Continue to use this for client good, influence market forces and structure. Don't let anything sully the brand.


  10. Excellent all around!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at BlackRock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Positive culture with a huge focus on employee satisfaction and work/life balance. Senior management encourages a work/like balance, but like any firm in the financial services industry, it can be a challenge. Excellent focus on promoting from within. Quality resources are available to deepen knowledge of BlackRock's products and services as well as the history of the firm. Great sense of community with other BlackRock groups. The pride we all have is infectious and its great to be a part of a firm that strives to increase financial stability for institutions and individuals. Larry Fink is a born leader and cares about our clients and employees.

    Cons

    The promotion process is antiquated. That being said, anyone can navigate through it if you are dedicated and have worked to build a great reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Consider revising the promotion process.


  11. VP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BlackRock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great brand in asset management world!

    Cons

    Not a true meritocracy.



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